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6 creative jobs that didn't exist 10 years ago

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15:30 PM | 27 August 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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As technology and culture develop, our lives change. Sometimes drastically. 10 years ago you were lucky if you had a mobile phone that had Snake on it. Now smart phones have invaded almost every aspect of our lives. Back then Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist. Now we spend ridiculous amounts of time on them.

As new technology appears, we adapt to new ways of doing things and many new job roles start to pop up. If you’re starting university next month, it’s not unlikely that they’ll be a key industry role around when you get out that barely matters today. And even if you’ve just graduated, the opportunities out there for building your own role are endless.

Here’s a few jobs that are important in the creative industries today that didn't exist 10 years ago.

1. User Experience Manager

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is purely a web term, a person who’s job it is to make sure people visiting their website don’t have to go through too much hassle, maybe even enjoy it. That’s certainly how it started, but these days you can manage user experience anywhere and everywhere. Banks, supermarkets, restaurants, etc will hire user experience managers to ensure that a customer's visit is completely positive.

2. YouTube Star

Youtube only launched in 2005 but since then it has produced a whole wealth of psuedo-celebrities and unfortunately Justin Bieber. It has been reported that some YouTube Stars earn up to $8.47 million a year!

3. Social Media Manager

Without Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, etc, there was no such thing as a social media manager (Myspace was around but very few people cared). Nowadays almost every brand is using social media. The job of social media is so new in fact that there’s practically no consensus on who is best to do it. Some brands have in-house teams working on their social media, others will hire PR agencies, sometimes ad agencies get in on the action and some brands simply hire freelance social media professionals.

4. App Developer

It seems like yesterday the first generation of the iPhone was released. The iOS software on all iPhones has made many developers very famous and rich. Brands and agencies hire developers to build various creations, and as an app developer you can also make a living with games or utilities via the app store.

5. SEO Specialist

While search engine optimisation had been going since the mid 1990's, the job role didn’t really pop up in the creative industries until a little later. Now it’s an incredibly important role with every company wanting to tap into the magic that gets their website to the top of key searches.

6. Sustainability Expert

There were probably people who cared about sustainability 10 years ago, but now companies are hiring them (and sometimes entire sustainability agencies) to improve their operations, save them money and help people believe they’re not so bad after all.

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